SME Role (Subject Matter Expert Role)

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management defines an SME as “a person with bona fide expert knowledge about what it takes to do a particular job”. This “bona fide knowledge” includes any special skills needed.

Just so we’re on the same page, “bona fide” means “genuine, real”. In other words, there is some sort of factual proof that the person is fit for an SME role, not just their say-so. Another way to put it is that the SME is a “known and credible master of their field”.

Factual proof and accreditation includes such items as patents awarded, prestigious awards from respected organizations, and research publications. In some cases, it also includes the person’s word-of-mouth reputation.


An SME should be proficient in three domains: structure, process, and outcome.

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